Valtteri Bottas has responded to questions about his future with Williams by saying that he wants to be in the quickest car available, suggesting that a move away from the team could be possible.
The Finn was one of the breakout stars of the 2014 Formula 1 season, finishing fourth in the championship with six podium finishes to his name as Williams returned to the front of the field.
His success did not go unnoticed in F1, with Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff identifying the Finn as a possible replacement for world champion Lewis Hamilton in the unlikely event of the Briton not extending his contract with Mercedes at the end of 2015.
Bottas has also been tipped as a possible replacement for Kimi Raikkonen at Ferrari, with the 2007 world champion suggesting last year that he may walk away from F1 upon the expiration of his contract with the Italian team.
Speaking to the official Formula 1 website, Bottas was quick to shy away from the rumors, but did not reject the suggestion of a move away from the team in the future.
“I don’t know if there is,” he said when asked about possible interest from other teams. “Maybe this is a question for my management. I don’t know anything about Kimi’s contract.
“All I know is that I want to be in the quickest car available. That’s all I can say.”
The truth is that the Williams could well be the quickest car available to Bottas for 2016. Hamilton looks all but certain to sign a new deal with Mercedes, and the Williams FW36 was the second-fastest car for much of last year.
If the team can carry this form into 2015, it is likely that Bottas would be happy to stay put as he goes in search of his maiden F1 victory.